Elma M. Burgart

elma burgart
Elma M. Burgart, age 97, of New Hampton, IA passed away on Friday, July 19, 2013 at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab surrounded by her family. Elma Maebelle Burgart was born on May 27, 1916 to Elmer and Rosabel (Inwards) Larsen at Maple Leaf, IA. She attended country school near Saratoga, IA. Later, she worked at the Elma Hospital in Elma and worked for the Olds family of Charles City as a housekeeper. While working as a housekeeper in Fort Dodge she met her future husband, Marvin Burgart, becoming his wife on October 9, 1940 at Immaculate Conception Church in North Washington. In 1941, the couple purchased their present farm west of Jerico. There the couple farmed and raised their family of nine children. On June 19, 2009, Elma entered into New Hampton Nursing and Rehab. Elma enjoyed birdwatching, traveling, dancing, crocheting, embroidering, and playing cards. Her family was most important to her. Elma was a member of Holy Family Parish – St. Joseph Center, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Holy Family Rosary Society, and Happy Homemakers. Elma is survived by her children, Rose (Richard) Holschlag of New Hampton, Ruth (Dick) Zuehl of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Michael (Colleen) Burgart of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Beverly (Paul) Veres of Alexandria, VA, Judith (Louis) Hafner of Duluth, GA, Norbert Burgart of Los Angeles, CA, Timothy Burgart of Ionia, IA, Kathleen (David) McGraw of Charleston, SC, Donald (Janice) Burgart of New Hampton; 29 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; her sister, Rose Marie “Susie” (Frank) Belmont of Vista, CA and her sisters-in-law, Mavis Burgart and Francella Burgart, both of New Hampton. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marvin on May 10, 2005; her sisters, Laura, Mildred and Arlene; her brothers, Victor, Nels “Duke”, Leonard, Donald, Elmer “Kenneth” and Duwayne; one granddaughter, Yvonne Los on May 19, 1993 and one infant grandson. Cemetery: Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in New Hampton. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00pm on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass on Wednesday. A Mass of Christian Burial for Elma will be held at 11:00am, Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Holy Family Parish – St. Joseph’s Center in New Hampton, IA with Father Mark Osterhaus celebrating the mass.

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  1. Elma always had a smile when I saw her. She was always working on making a crocheted item for someone. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her. May she rest in peace.

  2. Rose one’s mother is hard to loose no matter at what age. May your memories carry you through the difficult days ahead. You have our sympathy. God blessings.3

  3. Rose–so sorry to hear of your mom’s death–never easy to lose a parent, as they’ve always been there. She’s now in peace.

    Geri and Bob

  4. Rose, So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I know
    it’s still hard when you are prepared for it. Your Mom
    now joins your Dad in their Heavenly Kingdom. May
    she rest in peace.

  5. Don & Janice & family & the Burgart family
    So sorry to hear the passing of Elma you will be in our thoughts and prayers

  6. Kathy & families so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, it is so hard to lose a parent. You have so many beautiful memories to cherish and to help ease the pain in the difficult days ahead. You are all in our thoughts and prayers and God Bless you.

  7. To all of Elma’s family – know that we are thinking of you – your Mother was a wonderful lady – treasure the memories !!

  8. Dearest Worthy State Regent Rose-Your sisters in Christ are praying for and your family at this time of loss. What a wonderful life your mother had, her legacy with live on for generations to come.
    In peace and prayers~
    Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court #216

  9. My sympathy to the Burgart family. Ray and Elma used to come to my parents home often and play cards. There were always many laughs around the table. Good memories.

  10. You have our sympathy for your loss. What a full life your mother lived! Thank God for all the years you had together.

  11. Don, Janice and family: Sorry to hear of Elma’s passing. She lived a long fulfilling life. Thinking of you guys!!

  12. Our sympathy to you Rose,Richard and Family.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    We have been away from Iowa and just saw the message today on Conway website. (7/22)

  13. My sympathy to the Burgart family in the loss of your mother. I have been living in Nevada for over 10 yrs. so our visits were not that frequent. Always had enjoyed Elma and Marvin’s company.

  14. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Years ago, Elma and Marvin were in the same faith sharing group with me. Our group enjoyed them both so much. I remember that they were very good dancers also.

  15. Our sympathies to all the Burgart family. Your mother lived a full life and many memories to share. May she rest in peace.

  16. Ruth, It’s always hard to lose a mom. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the family. Hang onto your precious memories. May God Bless!

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